Staff Readies for New School Year

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To kick off the 2016-2017 school year, district’s administrators, board of education members, teachers and staff gathered prior to opening day for Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 1.

After reconnecting during a welcome back breakfast in Walter G. O’Connell Copiague High School’s library, the staff gathered in the high school’s auditorium for presentations from district administrators and board of education members.

Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Bannon welcomed everyone and noted the district’s Regents graduation rate of 91 percent. “Every one of you in the this room had some part in that number,” Dr. Bannon said. “We are one big Copiague family. I believe the main reason we are so successful is because of the relationships we cultivate with our students, their families and each other.”
Board of Education Vice President Laura Gavey echoed those same sentiments. “We are a family who watch out for the children we serve,” she said. “With your help, we will continue to make sure our children have the best education possible.”

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Todd Andrews gave staff an overview of the changes to the emergency response plan. Dr. Bannon offered a detailed explanation of capital projects update and a timeline of when the projects are set to begin. Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Jeanette Altruda spoke about preparing for 21st century learning and navigated some of the resources and tools on the district’s new website.

After a presentation of the service awards for 20, 25 and 30 years in the district, faculty returned to their respective buildings to prepare for the upcoming school year.